Among Marquette's six athletes headed to the NCAA West Regional, Kyle Winter, Sarah MacCourtney and Jack Hackett are nearing the end of their collegiate careers - they look to save their best performances for last in Austin, Texas May 23-25.
Marquette senior middle sprinter Kyle Winter owns two indoor school records and five top-10 times - he got there by approaching each run and each event like a championship one. See his story as he approaches his final BIG EAST Indoor Championship and looks to defend his 800m title.
Molly Hanson's mile time of 4:52.12 and Kyle Winter's school record 600m time of 1:19.07 at the GVSU Big Meet on Feb. 8, 2013 were the Marquette Track & Field Performances of the Week in MU's final BIG EAST Indoor tune-up.
2012-13: BIG EAST All-Academic BIG EAST Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete Award Marquette Men's Track & Field Co-MVP Marquette Men's Track & field team captain Indoor (Sr.): Competed in three events during the 2012-13 indoor campaign, including the 500 meters, 600 meters, and the 800 meters ... Set the No. 2 mark on MU's all-time list in the 500 meters at the Notre Dame Blue & Gold Invitational with a time of 1:04.00 ... Recorded a new Marquette record in the 600 meters with a time of 1:19.07 and took second place at the GVSU Big Meet (Feb. 8)... Posted a BIG EAST qualifying mark and a new personal-best in the 800 meters at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 1) with a time of 1:50.36, a mark that No. 5 on MU's all-time list... Recorded a time of 1:53.02 in the BIG EAST preliminaries (Feb. 16), and advanced to the BIG EAST Championships (Feb. 17) wihere he ran a time of 1:52.43, taking a sixth-place finish ... Also competed in the 4x400-meter relay at the BIG EAST indoor meet ...2013 Indoor Performance List. Outdoor (Sr.): Competed in the 400 meters and the 800 meters during the 2013 outdoor campaign... Posted the No. 6 all-time mark on MU's list for the 400 meters with a time of 49.74 at the USF Bulls Invitational (March 15)... Qualified for the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships with a first-place finish at the Lee Calhoun Invitational (April 13) with a time of 1:52.09... Set a new personal-best with a fourth-place finish at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships (May 5) with a time of 1:50.24, a mark that is No. 3 on MU's all-time list in the 800 meters... Recorded a 26th-place finish at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.31 ...2013 Outdoor Performance List.
2011-12: BIG EAST All-Academic Indoor (Jr.): Winter competed in four events during the indoor season, focusing primarily on the 800-meter run ... Won the 800 at the BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships (Feb. 19) with an impressive mark of 1:52.99 ... Posted a personal-best time of 1:50.62 in the 800 at the Meyo Invitational (Feb. 4), which is the third best in program history ... Recorded a ninth place finish in the 800 at the Bill Bergan Invitational (Jan. 28) ... Won the 600-meter run at the Milwaukee Dual (Jan. 20), posting a personal-best time of 1:19.21, which the second best in program history ... Won the 600 at the Badger Track Classic (Jan. 14), with a mark of 1:20.71 ... Recorded a personal best, and program record time of 48.30 in the 400-meter dash at the Alex Wilson Invitational (March 3) ... Finished fourth in the 1,000-meter run at the Blue & Gold Classic (Dec. 2), posting a personal-best time of 2:27.08, which is the fourth best in program history ... Also ran in the 4x400-meter relay at the Bill Bergan Invitational (Jan. 28) with teammates Glenn Lawrence, Evan Ross and Connor Stengel; the team finished with a time of 3:20.21...2012 Indoor Performance List. Outdoor (Jr.): Winter competed in two events during the outdoor season, focusing primarily on the 800-meter run ... Recorded a season-best time of 1:50.41 in the 800 during the preliminary rounds of the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships (May 5) ... Finished eighth in the championship round of the 800 at the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships (May 5) ... Won the 800 at the Dr. Keeler Invitational (May 11) with a mark of 1:50.57 ... Won the 800 at the Lee Calhoun Invitational (April 14) with a time of 1:52.99 ... At the Bulls Invitational (March 16), posted a personal-best time of 48.26 in the 400-meter dash, which is the sixth best in program history ... Won the 400-meter dash at the Milwaukee Dual (April 5) meet with a time of 48.94 ... Also competed in the 4x400-meter relay at the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships (May 6) with teammates Michael Kemmerer, Tyler O'Brien and Glenn Lawrence; the team finished with a time of 3:16.01...2012 Outdoor Performance List.
2010-11: BIG EAST All-Academic Men's Most Improved Indoor (So.): Built off a promising freshman campaign with a stellar sophomore year ... Notched personal bests in every event in which he competed and ranks among MU's all-time top-10 individual performers in the indoor 500-, 600- and 800-meter runs and the outdoor 400 and 800 ... Moved to the No. 2 all-time spot in the indoor 500 at the Blue and Gold Invitational (Dec. 3) to begin the season with a time of 1:05.21 ... Recorded the No. 8 MU mark in the indoor 600 at the Milwaukee Dual (Jan. 22) with a time of 1:21.37 ... Won the 800 at the prestigious Meyo Invitational (Feb. 5) with a personal-best time of 1:51.67, good for the No. 5 spot on the indoor list ... Competed at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in the 800, where he placed third in his preliminary heat (1:53.18) and eighth in the final (1:52.05) ... Also teamed up with Peter Bolgert, Billy Schlottke and Evan Ross at the indoor conference meet in the 3,200-meter relay (7:50.04)...2011 Indoor Performance List. Outdoor (So.): Ran the third-fastest outdoor 800 time in program history at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships to place fifth in 1:49.84 ... He entered the outdoor conference meet 16th on the league's performance list before turning in a fifth-place finish ... His time at the BIG EAST meet qualified him for the West Preliminary Rounds of the 2011 NCAA Track and Field Championships where he improved upon his regional ranking of 42 for a 37th-place finish in 1:51.96, his second-fastest time of the season...2011 Outdoor Performance List.
2009-10: BIG EAST All-Academic Men's Freshman of the Year Indoor (Fr.): Had a sensational start to his freshman season at Marquette during the indoor season...In his first collegiate meet, won the 500-meter run at the Blue and Gold Invitational in a freshman record (third-fastest all-time) 1:04.50...Recorded the second-fastest time in school history (1:03.93) in the 500 in a preliminary heat at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships...Ran a time of 1:04.61 in the finals of the 500 to finish ninth...Also competed in the 4x400-meter relay and distance medley relay at the BIG EAST Indoor meet, finishing 11th and 10th, respectively...Ran the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay (w/Fisher, M. O'Brien and Emmer) to win the event and secure the dual meet victory over Milwaukee on Jan. 23...In addition to running the 500 and the relays during the indoor season, also ran the fastest MU indoor times in the 600 and 800, even recording two BIG EAST Indoor-qualifying times in the 800 with a top time of 1:53.34 at the Meyo Invitational...2010 Indoor Performance List. Outdoor (Fr.): Ran the fastest MU times during the outdoor season in the 400 and 800 but fell less than half a second short of qualifying for the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships in each...Finished eighth (7:58.87) at the BIG EAST Outdoor meet in the 4x800 relay with Peter Bolgert, Jack Hackett and Blake Johnson...2010 Outdoor Performance List.
High School: Winter was a four year track letter winner at Kettle Moraine High School...Was a first-team all-state performer in the 4x400-meter relay in 2008...In 2008 was the state runner-up in the open 800 meters...When he left Kettle Moraine, held the school record in the open 800 (1:52.72) in addition to the 4x400 and the 4x800-meter relays...Competed at the 2009 Nike Outdoor Nationals, placing 20th in the open 800 with a time of 1:54.32...Placed sixth in the 2009 Midwest Distance Gala in the open 800 with a time of 1:52.72...Registered a best time in the 400 meters of 49.5...A two-time captain in both track and soccer...Earned three letters in soccer....All-conference performer in soccer as a senior.
Personal: Winter was born in San Diego, Calif., on July 13, 1990 ... Is the son of Amy and Tyler Winter ... has a younger brother, Kevin...Father played football at Montana State ... Majored in finance.
BIG EAST Indoor Championships 2013- 800-meter run: 6th (1:52.43), 2nd in preliminary round (1:53.02) 4x400-meter relay: 9th (3:20.21; anchor leg w/Lawrence, Schmitz and Rice) 2012- 800-meter run:1st (1:52.99), 7th in preliminary round (1:54.44) 2011- 800-meter run: 8th (1:52.43), 12th in preliminary round (1:53.18) 4x800-meter relay: 10th (7:50.04) (anchor w/Bolgert, Schlottke and Ross) 2010- 500-meter run: 9th (1:04.61), 8th in preliminary round (1:03.93)
BIG EAST Outdoor Championships 2013- 800-meter run: 4th (1:50.24), 7th in preliminary round (1:51.44) 4x400-meter relay: 9th (3:16.12; third leg w/Rice, Lawrence and Stengel) 2012- 800-meter run: 8th(1:58.91), 6th in preliminary round (1:50.41) 2011- 800-meter run: 5th (1:49.84), 6th in preliminary heat (1:53.57) 4x800-meter relay: 11th (7:51.46) (second leg w/Johnson, Schmitz and McCarthy) 2010- 4x800-meter relay: 11th (7:58.87) (second leg w/Bolgert, Hackett and Johnson) 4x400-meter relay: 11th (3:21.23) (third leg w/Fisher, Jay Emmer and Michael O'Brien) Distance medley relay: 10th (10:00.81) (400 leg w/Bolgert, Ross and Senefeld)